CEE continued to raise awareness for the importance of financial literacy education for K-12 teachers and students by providing events, lectures, teacher workshops, resources, free lessons and webinars for educators, industry leaders, and people with a vested interest in raising the levels of financial literacy in the United States. Our nationwide efforts produced tangible results, including teachers trained in our professional development workshops, an increase in free resources offered, and press coverage of our new National Standards for Financial Literacy.
Industry Leaders Share Their Insights on the CEE Blog
CEE is pleased to announce that each day in April we are featuring a guest blog post from leaders in financial literacy education. Visit the CEE blog for perspectives from educators, journalists, Federal Reserve partners, nonprofit leaders, parents, students and classroom teachers.
In honor of Financial Literacy Month, CEE asked our nation’s K-12 classroom teachers to share their lesson plans in our contest “What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?”
We received videos from across the country, and posted them on our Facebook page for our fans to vote for their favorite.
Congratulations to the Popular Vote Winner!
Teacher: Bobby Letter
School: Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO
Congratulations to the CEE’s Choice Winner!
Teacher: Greg Cox
School: Ellis Elementary, Logan, UT
Watch the winning videos on our blog.
Tuesday, April 2
Financial Literacy in the Financial Capital of the World
New York City
CEE started Financial Literacy Month with a Policy Breakfast at the New York Stock Exchange. This event brought together leaders from business, education and government for a panel discussion on the state of financial literacy education in New York City. Speakers included Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs; Gerald Rosenfeld, Lazard, Ltd; Dr. Michael Staten, Director, Take Charge America Institute; and Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO of CEE.
View photos and details from the event on our blog.
Thursday, April 11
Bipartisan policy luncheon on Financial Literacy in the U.S. Senate
The event was co-sponsored by Senator Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Cochran (R-MS) and focused on the role of public-private partnerships in bringing quality financial literacy instruction into our nation’s classrooms. This event introduced members of Congress to the National Standards for Financial Literacy.
Speakers included Senator Thad Cochran; June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; Janet Bodnar, Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance; Jeanne Hogarth, Vice President, Policy, Center for Financial Services Innovation; Frank Keating, President & CEO, American Bankers Association; Richard Ketchum, Chairman & CEO, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); Annamaria Lusardi, Director, George Washington University Global Center for Financial Literacy; and Brian Page, Teacher, Reading High School, Ohio.
Funding for this event was provided by Wells Fargo and 1st Financial Bank.
Friday, April 26
Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill
12:00pm – 3:30pm
Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
CEE, in partnership with the Jump$tart Coalition and Junior Achievement USA, celebrated the 11th annual Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event’s honorary co-chairs, U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) spoke to the importance of bipartisan efforts, along with other financial literacy dignitaries. Hill Day is free and open to the public.
New National Standards for Financial Literacy
CEE introduced the new National Standards for Financial Literacy in April.
The National Standards for Financial Literacy provide a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade. A student who masters the knowledge embodied in the standards should be able to avoid making poor financial decisions, understand the economic reasons behind the trade-offs between financial choices, and know the basis for their own decisions.
Learn more and download your free copy of the new standards here.
Free Professional Development Workshops
CEE offered Financial Literacy Month training events across the country.Stay tuned for the results of this outreach.
Visit the National Center for Economic and Financial Education for a list of upcoming workshops in New York City.
If you are interested in free workshops at your local CEE affiliated Council or Center, search by state here.